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Number of New York Farm Cideries Have Tripled

Number of New York Farm Cideries Have Tripled

“Prior to the Farm Cidery Law, hard cider could only be produced at farm wineries or through a cider producer license, which does not require the use of New York apples. Cider producer licensees also lacked expanded privileges including tastings, sale of other farm-based products by the bottle or glass, and the opportunity to open […]

British Cider Expert Peter Mitchell on North American Cider

British Cider Expert Peter Mitchell on North American Cider

““The first thing he emphasized was really the proper way to make a good cider,” explains Diskin. “Many people think it’s so easy, you just ferment some apple juice but it’s not really that at all. There’s both a real science and art to the fermentation, which is what Peter explained so well.” Developing a […]

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Premium cider on the rise across European markets, says Canadean

Premium cider on the rise across European markets, says Canadean

“Premium cider brands in West Europe recorded a compound annual growth rate of almost 8% between 2009 and 2015, far exceeding competing price segment categories which all posted declines, says consumer insight firm Canadean. According to the company’s latest research, one of the most important trends currently being recorded in the West European cider market […]

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Chef Paul’s mission: Revitalizing the nation’s love of hard cider

Chef Paul’s mission: Revitalizing the nation’s love of hard cider

“They met at a cider workshop in Belchertown, during a lecture by a member of the Washington Apple Commission. The talk was about how to diversify apple products on the farm. Correnty relates the story: “There was a lady on the other side of the room who raised her hand and asked, ‘What about hard […]

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Make room, wineries and brewpubs: Cider is surging in Virginia

Make room, wineries and brewpubs: Cider is surging in Virginia

“Retail sales of hard cider (at stores, not restaurants) grew by about 11 percent in 2015, a fraction of the 71 percent growth the year before, according to Nielsen. Draft magazine, which covers the beer and cider industry, reported over the summer that cider sales slowed toward the end of last year.” Read more here: […]

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Apple Watch: Behind the Cider Slowdown (Brewbound)

Apple Watch: Behind the Cider Slowdown (Brewbound)

“Chicago-based market research company IRI, which measures sales in most of the major off-premise retail channels, estimates that segment volume could be down in the high single digits for calendar year 2016 when all is said and done. For the 52-week period that ended at the end of September, 7.4 percent versus the same period […]

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Obscure apples pose new challenges for growers, makers

Obscure apples pose new challenges for growers, makers

““We grow sugar in our apple crop in an effort to avoid dosing our ciders with purchased sugar,” Suhr said. Each variety has its own nuances, so thinning is a challenge. You can easily fall into a biennial bearing cycle (the University of Vermont is conducting a thinning trial in his orchards), he said. Suhr […]

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Should Cider Have a Vintage? (Read more at VinePair)

Should Cider Have a Vintage? (Read more at VinePair)

“The origin of cider’s troubles stems from the U.S.’s restrictive cider labeling laws, set by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or the TTB. The restriction against advertising vintage on cider bottles goes back to the end of Prohibition. The Federal Alcohol Administration, or the FAA, was created in 1935 to regulate the […]

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MillStone Cellars creates rustic cider with passion and integrity (MD)

MillStone Cellars creates rustic cider with passion and integrity (MD)

“”The concept was, let’s try to make the hard cider like they did 150 years ago, which sort of parallels how they make wine,” he said. “It’s small barrel fermentation, it’s sitting in the barrel for months and months and months and one of the fortunate things we discovered is that we don’t have to […]

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How crop load density affects apple juice, hard cider quality

How crop load density affects apple juice, hard cider quality

“Cornell University’s Gregory Peck, the study’s corresponding author, along with scientists Megan McGuire, Thomas Boudreau IV, and Amanda Stewart from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, carried out field experiments to assess the impact of three different crop load densities on apple fruit and cider quality. Treatments were conducted in a 14-year-old ‘York Imperial’/’M.9′ orchard […]

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Cider: ripe for growth in the United Kingdom (Off Licence News)

Cider: ripe for growth in the United Kingdom (Off Licence News)

““The cider industry has changed and developed dramatically since I was last chair in 2007,” she says. “The industry had committed to initiatives to support and encourage market growth and the mood then was full of hope for the future as cidermakers from across the UK presented brands of long standing alongside many new innovations. […]

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Watch out, craft beer: Cider is changing the beverage game in CO

Watch out, craft beer: Cider is changing the beverage game in CO

“In Colorado, it seems there is a lot of pressure to drink — and know about — beer. Beer-shaming, I like to call it. It’s the act of discrediting or trolling a person who doesn’t give two hoots about growing hops, brewing beer, craft culture or that big fuss with a long line: the Great […]

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